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  • 1 Red Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Rouge RUS - Moskva

    Walking on legendary Red Square is your first key step in visiting Moscow. This "Beautiful Square" - krasnaya means both "red" and "beautiful" - was built in the late 15C during the reign of Ivan III the Great. Its histo..

  • 2 Cathedral of Basil the Blessed / of the Intercessionof the Virgin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Rouge RUS - Moskva

    The cathedral, symbolic of traditional Russian architecture, bears the name of St Basil, a "fool" buried here, who had predicted that Ivan the Terrible would assassinate one of his sons. It was this same tsar who had the building erected be..

  • 3 The Kremlin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Moskva

    The word Kremlin (Kreml in Russian) designates the fortress of a city, the old quarter where the cathedral and the sovereign's palace were protected behind its walls. Those of the Kremlin in Moscow were originally made of wood in the 12C, then of whi..

  • 4 Cathedral Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place des Cathédrales RUS - Moskva

    As its name indicates, this is the square for cathedrals. It has no less than four sanctuaries, not counting theIvan the Great bell tower, all immaculately white or magnificently decorated with gleaming golden onion domes. Muscovite princes and tsars..

  • 5 Cathedral of the Assumption Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place des Cathédrales RUS - Moskva

    Italian Renaissance architect Aristote Fioravanti designed the Cathedral of the Assumption(1475-1479) with its dazzling composition of bell towers, 17C murals on the main façade, frescoes against a gold background and icons inside. The sculpted wood ..

  • 6 Cathedral of the Annunciation Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RUS - Moskva

    The iconostasis of the Cathedral of the Annunciation is a true marvel. That appreciation holds true even if certain works are no longer attributed to Andrei Rublev, the great 15C Russian painter, or to the Byzantine master Theophanes the Greek. The o..

  • 7 Kremlin Armoury Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    RUS - Moskva

    Behind the name Kremlin Armoury is in fact a fabulous museum of decorative arts containing over 4 000 objects from the imperial family's treasures. The eggs made of precious stones and metals by Fabergé, a St Petersburg jeweller, are among the most u..

  • 8 Diamond Fund Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    RUS - Moskva

    Exceptional sets of jewellery are preserved and displayed at the Diamond Fund, including the crown worn by Catherine II (known as the "great imperial crown") decorated with some 5,000 diamonds and topped by an enormous ruby, itself crowned ..

  • 9 Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Oul. Volkhonka RUS - Moskva

    The gallery's rich collection of modern art was acquired thanks to discriminating collectors and patrons like Sergei Shchukin - who bought his first Monet paintings in Paris in 1897 - and brothers Ivan and Mikhail Morozov. Enjoy this in-depth explora..

  • 10 Vladimir Mayakovsky Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Miasnitskaïa Oul. 3/6 RUS - Moskva

    What finer tribute could be given to the poet of the revolution than creating a museum about him? Designed by Taras Poliakov in 1994 and housed in thekommounalka (communal apartment) where Vladimir Mayakovsky lived his last years and committed suicid..

  • The museum was named after Andrei Rublev, a monk, icon and fresco painter active in the 14C, probably due to the fact that he ended his days at Andronikov Monastery. But the rich collection of icons assembled here contains no works by Rublev (mainly ..

  • 12 State Tretyakov Gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lavrouchinski per. RUS - Moskva

    This gallery, which grew out of the enthusiasm of a single man, Pavel Mikhailovitch Tretyakov (1832-1898), takes you on a fascinating journey into the rather unknown world of Russian painting. From Nikitin to Vrubel, Kiprensky, Ivanov, Perov, Repin a..

  • 13 Tretyakov Gallery in Krymsky Val Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    RUS - Moskva

    20C Russian art is on display at the immense Tretyakov Gallery in Krymsky Val, which complements the Tretyakov Gallery. It naturally features all the great early 20C avant-garde masters such as Malevich and Larionov, as well as art works from the Sov..

  • 14 Novodevichy Monastery: Our Lady of Smolensk Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Oul. Bolchaïa Pirogovskaïa RUS - Moskva

    You can't help but be dazzled by the interior decoration of Our Lady of Smolensk, where the greatest talents of the 17C found expression. Simon Ushakov and Feodor Zubov made the delicate icons, Klim Mikhailov and Osip Andreev created the remarkable i..

  • 15 Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Krasnogorskaïa RUS - Sergijev Posad

    The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, the jewel of Sergiev Possad, boasts two cathedrals, nine churches, a museum and several monastic buildings, sheltered behind imposing walls. Founded in the 14C by Sergius of Radonezh, the monastery was immensely pr..

  • 16 Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra: Trinity Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Krasnogorskaïa RUS - Sergijev Posad

    This is the oldest stone church in the monastery (1420), built over the tomb of the founder, Sergius of Radonezh. Many pilgrims press around the engraved silver reliquary containing the saint's remains under a gleaming canopy. The cathedral's greates..

  • 17 Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra: Sacristy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Krasnogorskaïa RUS - Sergijev Posad

    The generous gifts bequeathed throughout the ages to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra by tsars, princes, merchants and ecclesiastics have been assembled in the former sacristy. It is a dazzling treasure including pieces in gold plate, fabrics embro..

  • 18 Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra - Dormition Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Krasnogorskaïa RUS - Sergijev Posad

    Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 15C to commemorate the capture of Kazan, Dormition Cathedral and its five starry domes stand in the centre of the lavra. It contains magnificent 17C frescoes by artists from Yaroslav and a five-level iconostasis with..

  • 19 Rostov Kremlin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RUS - Rostov

    The Rostov Kremlin, former residence of the metropolitan, was founded in the 12C on the banks of Lake Nero. It is particularly impressive with its white walls studded with eleven towers, from which rise the domes ofDormition Cathedral. Once past the ..

  • 20 Dormition Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sabornaia pl. RUS - Vladimir

    Dormition Cathedral, built in the 12C, is the most famous building in Vladimir, where Dmitri Donskoy, Alexander Nevsky and all the great princes up to Ivan III were crowned. A UNESCO monument, its decor of gold, silver, precious stones and majolica t..

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